Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Letter: Morris' leadership 'will help move county goverment in right direction'
It is with great pleasure I write this letter of support for a friend and former colleague, William (Bill) Morris.

Letter: District 4 candidate's qualities equip him to be 'a great commissioner'
I am asking the voters and residents of Columbia County District 4 to vote and support Bill Morris for county commissioner.

Letter: Politicians 'refuse to acknowledge truth' about nation's debt burdens
Does our president really encourage Wisconsin's Democrat senators to shirk their duty by escaping their Legislature across state lines? And do these Democrat senators - heavily financed by union bosses - not care about our future generations and their ability to live in freedom and independence as we did?

Letter: Consumers need someone to protect them from PSC, Georgia Power
Our local government and our federal government think we as citizens of this fair state of Georgia are complete idiots.

Stylists will trim locks to battle lymphoma
Stylists from a Martinez salon are teaming up with others in the community to bring a smile to the face of a 16-year-old girl diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Fundraiser will help family of sick child
With medical bills in excess of $30,000 and rising, a Grovetown family is hoping a fundraiser will help ease the burdens caused by surgery to remove a cyst at the base of their daughter's brain.

Planning body approves zoning for salvage facility
The Columbia County Planning Commission rezoned land on Gordon Highway for a salvage facility Thursday after plans to create a motocross track on the property were nixed.

Arts in harmony
What began as a high school senior project for Evans artist Stephanie Forbes has become an annual event showcasing area artists.

Driving expo will stress safety to teens
In less than a month, two Columbia County teens have died in vehicle wrecks.

Lakeside Middle student wins 3rd bee
Lakeside Middle School's Rachael Cundey once again proved to be a spelling juggernaut as she advanced on Saturday to the National Scripps Howard Spelling Bee by winning the regional bee.

STAR Student adjusted quickly to move
After her family moved from Seattle to Georgia two years ago, Evans High School senior Sierra Hovet found herself in a new environment.

Author to discuss cooking, farm life, home-schooling
An Oklahoma author who gives people a glimpse of her country life through an online blog will visit Columbia County on Saturday.

Last rescued puppy
Of 11 puppies rescued by firefighters from a drainage ditch at Fort Gordon recently, 6-week-old Thunder is the only one still available for adoption from Happy Tails Rescue. The mother is believed to be a Great Pyrenees, so the puppy likely will be a large dog when it is grown. For information, go to www.csrahappytails.com.

Police Blotter
Greenbrier High School senior Joe Womack Jr. died early Saturday after a single-car wreck on Hardy McManus Road.

Pet Adoption Showcase
These pets are available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit www.columbiacountyga.gov and follow the links to Animal Services. Adult-animal adoptions cost $25, and puppies and kittens cost $20. Animals must be spayed or neutered. Visitors must wear closed-in shoes to visit the kennel area, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. The facility is at 6337 Columbia Road in Appling.

Current Events
Reed Creek Park, 3820 Park Lane, Martinez, will hold a nature walk for 3- to 5-year-olds, accompanied by parents, from 10 to 11 a.m. today. The walk is free for members, $2 per child for nonmembers. Groups should schedule separate visits. For information, call (706) 210-4027 or go to www.reedcreekpark.com.

Celebrating Seuss
The Cat in the Hat visited a class of 4-year-olds at Warren Baptist Church Weekday Preschool and Mother's Day Out as they celebrated Dr. Seuss Week on March 2.

Lakeside Middle School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll
The following students have been named to the honor roll for the second nine weeks at Lakeside Middle School.

School Lunch Menus
Today: Chicken and rice casserole; hamburger; peanut butter and jelly sandwich; crinkle cut fries; steamed peas; chilled fruit cup; strawberry gelatin; and milk

Invitation to London
The former Lord Mayor of Westminister, the Honorable Duncan Sandys, extended an invitation to the Evans High School Band to perform in the 2012 New Year's Day Parade in London. Participating in the event were former school board member Mildred Blackburn (back, from left), Band Director Reid Hall and school Principal Don Brigdon. Sandys is the great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill.

Congratulations to three-time bee champ
The news recently was full of stories about the IBM supercomputer Watson beating a human champion of the game show "Jeopardy!"

Price is right for pet fixing
Some sweeping generalizations: If you're someone ignorant enough to have a dog who downloads an unplanned litter of puppies, you probably spend a lot of time in front of daytime television.

Editorial cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2011.

Sports Calendar
The 2011 Spring Training Shootout baseball tournament will be held March 19-20 at Riverside Park. The registration deadline is Monday. Teams will get a minimum of three games. The age group and registration fees are 8U-9U ($250), 10U ($275), 11U-12U ($300) and 13U-14U ($300). For information, call Kelvin Lampkin at (706) 312-7410.

Lakeside players honored for milestone
Lakeside High School seniors Tishal Turknett (left) and Carolyn Hennecken were honored recently by the program for scoring their respective 1,000th point. Presenting them with their mementos were head coach Maureen McCormack and assistant coach Drew Shelton. Turknett reached the mark Dec. 7 against Washington-Wilkes, while Hennecken did so Dec. 30 against Grovetown.

Athlete Spotlight: Matthew Price and Colin Johnston
Daniel Jordan knew his Grovetown High School golf team could play.

Pack picks up sweep
Rebecca Simanski, of Greenbrier, advances the ball upfield in the first half in the Wolfpack girls' 4-1 victory over South Effingham County on March 3.

Lakeside graduate enjoying his new role as soccer coach
Though he strolled the sidelines as a high school coach this past season, Grant Guthrie still sees himself as a soccer player first and foremost.

Grovetown trying to find its way
As Chris Wilkins prepared for the season, the Greenbrier High School baseball coach realized he had an interesting situation on his hands.

Race season opens at Modoc
Modoc Speedway kicked off the 2011 dirt track racing season Friday and Saturday with the Modoc 100. It featured Fastrak's Ultimate Super Late Models and Crate Late Models. All of the other support classes of racers also participated.

Greenbrier product off to solid start for Eagles
Last season we had one of the biggest crops of players sign to play college baseball in county history. While I anticipated following the group closely this year, I must admit I did not predict that the player having the biggest impact would be Greenbrier High School product Ben Morgan.

Prep Calendar
Baseball: Thursday: Grovetown vs. Aquinas, 5 p.m.

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